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The Politics of Vulnerability: Can Muslims and Evangelicals Find Common Cause in Religious Freedom?

October 29, 2020  • Inclusive America Project

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The Inclusive America Project (IAP) is pleased to publish our new report, “The Politics of Vulnerability: Can Muslims and Evangelicals Find Common Cause in Religious Freedom?”

Across all of the fault lines that are polarizing Americans today, one of the thorniest is the relationship between conservative White Evangelical Christians and Muslims, a relationship that has become tied up with broader ideological and political divides facing the country. “The Politics of Vulnerability” explores this relationship and asks how religious freedom can be used as a paradigm to bring Muslims and White Evangelical Christians into conversation with each other over their shared concerns about religious freedom. IAP Fellow for Religious Freedom Asma Uddin argues that the fight over religious freedom is ultimately a fight over America​n identity, and who gets to claim this identity.

“The Politics of Vulnerability” summarizes the major findings of two closed-door convenings held by the Inclusive America Project in March 2020 that brought together experts in religious theology, religious freedom, and interfaith work. These meetings were a part of the larger Politics of Vulnerability Project, which seeks to use religious freedom as a framework to bring Muslims and Evangelical Christians in the United States into conversation around their constitutional religious freedom rights, the prominent challenges to those rights, and the impacts that deprivation of those rights would have on both communities and on all other Americans. The First Amendment and its promise of religious freedom protects people of all faiths and none, and is one crucial piece of the puzzle of American religious pluralism.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more, please reach out to us at IAP@aspeninstitute.org.

“The fight over religious freedom is ultimately a fight over American national identity and of who and what makes up America.” Read more in @Aspen_IAP’s new report based on @asmauddinesq’s Politics of Vulnerability project: https://www.aspeninstitute.org/publications/the-politics-of-vulnerability-can-muslims-and-evangelicals-find-common-cause-in-religious-freedom/

Can we reframe our understanding of religious freedom? Can we mend the thorny relationship between conservative White Evangelical Christians and Muslims? @Aspen_IAP’s new report with @asmauddinesq explores these questions and more. https://www.aspeninstitute.org/publications/the-politics-of-vulnerability-can-muslims-and-evangelicals-find-common-cause-in-religious-freedom/

A new report from @Aspen_IAP based on @asmauddinesq’s Politics of Vulnerability project explains how “minorities’ interests and conservative Christian interests need not be in conflict.” Read more: https://www.aspeninstitute.org/publications/the-politics-of-vulnerability-can-muslims-and-evangelicals-find-common-cause-in-religious-freedom/.